RogerBW's Blog

SpringCon 23 May 2015 24 May 2015

Back to this this small quarterly boardgames convention in Watford.

I started as usual with Nicola Zealey's customised Wings of Glory, where we took late-war fighters in an observation scenario. Both balloons and fixed-wing aircraft were on the table, and would accrue observation points as the game progressed, unless shot down.

Or, as it turned out, getting "crew hit" special damage cards, which happened rather a lot (only five of the cards in a fairly thick deck of damage results, but three of them came up). We didn't get in a lot of fighting before it became apparent that our side couldn't win.

Some X-Wing next, by request from several people who hadn't played it before. Since all of them had played a fair bit of Wings of Glory, I didn't use the introductory scenario, but rather set up a "double basic set" 64-point balanced game with named characters:

Mauler Mithel / TIE Fighter
"Winged Gundark" / TIE Fighter
Backstabber / TIE Fighter
Night Beast / TIE Fighter


Luke Skywalker / X-Wing
Wedge Antilles / X-Wing

(All right, several of those cards are actually from expansion packs, but I deliberately picked ones with fairly simple abilities to show how the full game worked without going into the depths of complexity with ion cannon and cloaks and so on.)

The TIEs did what TIEs do best: concentrate on a single target.

Poor old Wedge was in trouble. And gone. Though this left the Imperials in a less than ideal position.

Luke swept in as the TIEs tried to work their way through the asteroids.

Everything devolved into the traditional chain of collisions.

But with several ships taking asteroid hits, weight of fire told, and even R2-D2 couldn't save the day. The players seemed happy, and I think this works as a fairly gentle introduction to the game for four players. Even if we didn't end up doing any barrel rolls.

A home-brew version of Cash 'n' Guns next, where I took joint second place in spite of never having played before. Quite fun, but slight; I'll play if it's on offer but I don't suppose I'll seek it out.

Finally, For Sale, a double auction game: first you bid for properties with your money, then you bid for money with your… properties…? It doesn't entirely make sense, but it was enjoyable and didn't outstay its welcome.

Thanks to Lawrence for organising things again. The next one will probably be on 22 August, but details will in any case be on Boardgamegeek.

Comments on this post are now closed. If you have particular grounds for adding a late comment, comment on a more recent post quoting the URL of this one.

Tags 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 3d printing action advent of code aeronautics aikakirja anecdote animation anime army astronomy audio audio tech aviation base commerce battletech beer boardgaming book of the week bookmonth chain of command children chris chronicle church of no redeeming virtues cold war comedy computing contemporary cornish smuggler cosmic encounter coup covid-19 crime cthulhu eternal cycling dead of winter doctor who documentary drama driving drone ecchi economics en garde espionage essen 2015 essen 2016 essen 2017 essen 2018 essen 2019 essen 2022 essen 2023 existential risk falklands war fandom fanfic fantasy feminism film firefly first world war flash point flight simulation food garmin drive gazebo genesys geocaching geodata gin gkp gurps gurps 101 gus harpoon historical history horror hugo 2014 hugo 2015 hugo 2016 hugo 2017 hugo 2018 hugo 2019 hugo 2020 hugo 2022 hugo-nebula reread in brief avoid instrumented life javascript julian simpson julie enfield kickstarter kotlin learn to play leaving earth linux liquor lovecraftiana lua mecha men with beards mpd museum music mystery naval noir non-fiction one for the brow opera parody paul temple perl perl weekly challenge photography podcast politics postscript powers prediction privacy project woolsack pyracantha python quantum rail raku ranting raspberry pi reading reading boardgames social real life restaurant reviews romance rpg a day rpgs ruby rust scala science fiction scythe second world war security shipwreck simutrans smartphone south atlantic war squaddies stationery steampunk stuarts suburbia superheroes suspense television the resistance the weekly challenge thirsty meeples thriller tin soldier torg toys trailers travel type 26 type 31 type 45 vietnam war war wargaming weather wives and sweethearts writing about writing x-wing young adult
Special All book reviews, All film reviews
Produced by aikakirja v0.1